The hymen is a thin piece of mucosal tissue that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening.
The hymen can rip or tear during first sexual life, which usually results in pain and, sometimes, mild temporary bleeding or spotting
There are several types of hymen shapes. crescentic hymen, annular hymen, dentate hymen, fimbriate hymen, lunar-shape hymen, septate hymen, bifenestrate hymen, cribriform hymen, microimperforate hymen and imperforate hymen. Some women are even born without hymen! So, If you have a misshapen hymen, don’t fret, it’s not uncommon.
In this video, we will introduce you an annular hymen. If you are interested, we have also introduced other types of the hymen in another video.
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So, What is an annular hymen?
It’s a hymenal tissue present all around the vaginal opening including at the 12 o’clock location. It is called annular because the hymen forms a ring around the vaginal opening. As the hymen starts to erode from sexual or other activity, the hymen becomes less ring-like.
The most common shape of hymen crescentic hymen that presents no tissue at the 12 o’clock position. Some physician says annular hymen is the second most common type. So this is nothing to do with some kind of genetic disease. It’s normal for a female who has it. So, no need to be shy when your gynecologist told you have annular hymen.
In most newborn girls, the hymen has an annular appearance. The ring shape extends all of the way around the vaginal rim. Oestrogen can cause the hymen to thicken (increase in depth) and also to increase in width.
Will Hymen change shape?
When you go through puberty and start menstruating, the estrogen that is made by your ovaries may change the appearance of [your hymen] and also cause it to become very elastic. Because of this, your hymen will become more susceptible to stretching.
The first time you have vaginal sex, your hymen may not even be there for a variety of reasons, like “physical exercise, tampons, menstrual cups. If it’s still there, however, it can cause temporary bleeding or discomfort.
Once your hymen has been stretched out, it won’t grow back, but that’s OK!
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